ExactSeek Releases Search Beta

ExactSeek has released a beta of their new search engine. The company says that it has set up a public testing phase so end users can test the system to provide their feedback. The index contains over 100,000,000 documents and ExactSeek claims to be indexing content from trusted sources to minimize index spam.

Mel Strocen, CEO of ExactSeek said, “This beta release is a culmination of over 12 months of work. It took a heavy investment of time, knowledge, and money to make it possible. Like any beta software it’s certainly not perfect. However, this is why we decided to open it up to the public. We want to gauge reaction and gather suggestions on what we need to do better. Our goal is to fulfill the needs of search users. Their feedback will play a pivotal role in our new technology’s development.”

BlogKits Connecting Bloggers with Affiliate Marketers

Forge Corporation just acquired BlogKits a network that connects affiliate marketers with bloggers.

BlogKits is the brainchild of Jim Kukral who recently worked for affiliate marketing network Kowabunga, but left to explore the convergence of blogs and affiliate marketing.

“Bloggers want control and ease of use. They want to “place it and leave it”, said Mr. Kukral. “Which is why Google Adsense works so well for them. The reason bloggers haven’t embraced the standard affiliate networks as a viable model is because those networks don’t specifically cater any offers to bloggers. There’s too much clutter going on. Bloggers don’t want to work that hard. BlogKits eliminates that.”

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Google Behind the Screen – Video

Robert Scoble pointed to an extract of a recent Australian documentary on Google. Digging around on YouTube turned up the entire documentary – divided into 5 parts.

Google Preparing to Offer Radio AdWords?

TechToolBlog has received a survey request from Google that appears to focus purely on radio ads.

One of the more interesting and revealing questions was that Google was planning on putting advertisers directly in touch with production talent for creating radio advertisments. I am betting they have some sort of GUI interface were you put in copy, type of voice to be used, pause points, emphasied points etc… and Google pushes it to a production house

Google certainly has the capabilities to offer radio ads and the last time they sent out a client survey, it focused on prints ads, which Google later launched.

Via SEW.

Coming Next Week, We’ll Reveal the Search Engine Secrets

We’ve received a lot of positive feedback for our recent upgrades to SEMLogic and many of you have viewed the video demo. We wanted to let you know that starting next week, we’re going to lift the lid on what it takes to get a web site on the first page of Google, Yahoo and MSN.

Each week for the next 3 weeks, we’ll pick an extremely competitive keyword and then reveal SEMLogic’s findings on what each search engine is looking for, in order to be ranked for that keyword.

Is backlink quality more important on Google than Yahoo? Does MSN look more at the title tag than Google and Yahoo? What weight do each of the search engines give to on-page factors?

Does Google Get Social Networking?

CNET looks at what appears to be one of Google’s weak areas, social networking. True, it has Orkut and Blogger can be considered a social network, but Orkut is mostly for the Brazillian mafia and – even though I user Blogger – it’s not had a major update since Google acquired it.

New SEO Tools

Two cool SEO tools you should take a look at…

Page Strength by SEOmoz – if you’ve given-up on using Google’s PageRank as a measure for a web page’s value, you should check out Rand’s new tool.

SEO for Firefox by SEO Book – Aaron gives Firefox users a neat tool that integrates useful info with Google and Yahoo’s search results.